Posey had a .455/.478/.727 slash line with three doubles and one home run in 20 spring training games. The veteran catcher is coming off the worst offensive season of his career -- one that included a pedestrian 85 wRC+ -- but he showed signs of life prior to the suspension of spring training. Posey spent time on the injured list due to a concussion and a hamstring injury in 2019, but he finished the season healthy and enjoyed a full offseason. He's in line to work as San Francisco's primary catcher again in his age-33 season, though top-catching prospect Joey Bart could make his way to the majors at some point in 2020.
Posey isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Posey is situated on the bench for the third straight contest, allowing for Stephen Vogt to draw the start behind the dish and bat cleanup.
Posey is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies. Posey will stick on the bench for a second straight game as the Giants continue to take it easy with the backstop down the stretch. Aramis Garcia is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth Thursday.
Posey went 2-for-5 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's 8-5 extra-innings loss to the Rockies. This was a vintage performance from Posey, but those have been few and far between in another lackluster fantasy campaign. Manager Bruce Bochy continues to bat his former MVP second in the lineup against righties despite his rough .256/.320/.368 slash line through 439 plate appearances. Fantasy owners may not have expressed such patience with Posey this year, as his contributions in the standard five categories have been mediocre compared to what we are used to seeing from the backstop in the past.
Posey is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Posey has been dealing with some lower-body soreness of late, and manager Bruce Bochy has decided to take it easy with him with the Giants out of the playoff race, holding him out Sunday for the fifth time in seven games. Aramis Garcia will get the start behind the plate in Posey's place.